Top F1 2020 Headlines: Pink Arrows, Kimi Raikkonen’s Retirement, Ecclestone’s Paddock Ban & More

F1 2020 headlines - Mercedes' Black Arrows, Kimi Raikkonen's Retirement, Sebastian Vettel's exit and more
It’s RACE WEEK! And it’ll be so for the next three weeks. YAY! 8 races or 18, we tell you the ten F1 2020 headlines that will dominate the season.

Will Honda bring Red Bull-Verstappen into the title fight? Will the Black Arrows create history? And then what about the Pink Arrows? Will they lead the mid-field battle? Not just Ferrari, it’ll be Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari that’ll create headlines. Let’s hope we see ‘vintage Seb!’ At least 6 drivers will fight for 7th place in the Drivers’ Championship – each with a hope to race in a better car come 2021.

More F1 2020 headlines in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast: will the uncertainty of the 2020 Formula 1 calendar favour some over the others? Likewise for the long off-season, would certain drivers have benefited from a ‘pause and reflect’ approach? Is Formula 1 ready to let Kimi Raikkonen retire? And finally, will Bernie Ecclestone be banned from entering the Formula 1 paddock? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 26)

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22 predictions for the 2020 Formula 1 season

Here’s what’s in store for you in this episode, list of top F1 2020 headlines:

0:00-3:00 – It’s RACE WEEK – for the next three weeks! Why focus will be on Honda all through F1 2020. In Honda, we need to trust if we want to enjoy a Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton for the title (Read: F1 2020: Fake Fans & Fake Crowd Noise, Too?)

3:00-6:00 – More than just Ferrari, it’ll be Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari who will make headlines in F1 2020. Will he, won’t he go all bonkers and race like ‘vintage Seb’ did? (Read: Ferrari Convinced That Vettel Can’t Win F1 Title In 2020)

6:00-9:00 – Charles Leclerc is now the driver under pressure to win Ferrari their next Drivers’ Championship. Black Arrows, will they dominate in F1 2020, too? Can Valtteri Bottas score a surprise title win this season? (Read: Marko’s Outrageous Wishes For Verstappen: Virus & World Championship)

9:00-12:00 – The form factor of the Pink Arrows will turn heads. They should lead the mid-field battle. But is their driver line-up their Achilles’ heel?

12:00-15:00 – At least six drivers will compete for the seventh place in the Drivers’ Championship. They’ll all want to impress for the two works team seats that are up for grabs – Mercedes and Renault (Read: F1 2020: Longest Off-season To Most-cramped Calendar?)

15:00-18:00 – Is Formula 1 ready to deal with Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement? Let’s hope Raikkonen isn’t booted out of Alfa Romeo to make room for Mick Schumacher!

18:00-21:00 – Is Fernando Alonso waiting to see Renault’s form in F1 2020 before deciding to join them from 2021? Renault needs to showcase it’s capabilities to potential drivers, too.

21:00-24:00 – Formula 1 is expected to race at new circuits. Expect new venues + the uncertainty of the calendar to spice up F1 2020. Would the long off-season have helped certain drivers re-energise and mount a fresh attack this season? (Read: F1 2020: No Street Races?)

24:00-end – Will F1 2020 allow Liberty Media to evolve Formula 1’s business model? The silliest battle to follow this season might be Bernie Ecclestone vs. Formula 1! Has Formula 1 banned Ecclestone from entering the paddock? (Read: How Soon Before Strolls Buy Formula 1?)

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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